Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine Stops at HU

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine Stops at HU

Hampton University will serve as the first stop for the Tour for Diversity in Medicine on Feb. 20. Eleven doctors, dentists and medical school students will join interested HU students and alumni in the Student Center to offer a full day of premedical enrichment activities.

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine was created by Dr. Alden M. Landry, an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Dr. Kameron Leigh Matthews, an attending physician at Cermak Health Services of Cook County in Chicago.

The purpose of the tour is to provide minority college students with a wide range of information and advice to plan for careers in medicine and dentistry, ultimately to diversify the health care profession. 

According to the Tour for Diversity in Medicine,  minority populations comprise more than 26 percent of the U.S. population; unfortunately African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans combined only represent about six percent of practicing physicians and five percent of dentists in the country.

Session topics will range from the application process and admissions tests for medical school to choosing the right specialty to an overview of health disparities. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the presenting physicians, dentists and medical students and hear their stories about how they overcame obstacles to pursue a career as a health care professional. 

HU students and alums are invited to attend the sessions. Registration is free, follow the link to register and learn more about the Tour for Diversity in Medicine,

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